Daniel L. Reminga, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Foot Doctor Houghton, MI
801 Memorial Rd.
Houghton, MI 49931 US




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February 13, 2015
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are sung about it…
Poems are written about it, and we plan our lives around it. It’s one of those things we’re always aware of…TIME. Nothing stays the same as it turns out. Time has a way of changing most things…including our feet. Taking care of ourselves is a lifetime process. When we’re young, less time is spent tending to our body’s needs. As we age, more time and attention is necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle. When it comes to our foot health, we Songs often don’t think of our feet until something goes wrong.

Years of wear and tear can take a toll on our feet. Disease, bad circulation, and wearing shoes that don’t fit right can result in foot pain as we age. In America, up to 87% of the population have painful feet at one time or another in their lives. Dr. Daniel Reminga, at Northern Foot Care Center in Houghton tell us, “Foot problems can be the first sign of a more serious medical condition such as, arthritis, diabetes, and nerve or circulatory disorders.Given the amount of stress we place on our feet over a lifetime, it’s easy to see why foot problems seem inevitable. In addition to the wear and tear on our feet over time, there are other factors that can cause foot pain, including hereditary factors and the natural changes that occur with the aging process.”

Here’s An Interesting Fact…each of our feet contains 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 120 muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. The feet truly are a masterpiece of engineering as the brilliant artist, Leonardo Da Vinci, described them. All the bones, joints, tendons, and nerves in our feet work together to support the weight of our body, acting as shock absorbers, keeping us balanced, and pushing us forward with each step.

On average, people spend about 4 hours standing on their feet every day and take around 10,000 individual steps. To put it into perspective, because our feet are small compared to our whole body, they receive an enormous impact with each step, adding up to hundreds of tons of weight every day. They do an amazing job for us each day, wouldn’t you say? When you multiply that effort and impact over a lifetime, our feet take on a huge responsibility. As a result, over time, the feet can change causing discomfort and pain for a lot of people.

Dr. Reminga tell us, “One of the main causes of foot problems over time is poor-fitting shoes. 3 out of 4 people over the age of 65 wear shoes that are too small. And… this is a cautionary tale, narrow or high heeled shoes, shoes with slippery soles, or ones that offer not protection or support may cause serious injury and pain. Without the proper shoe  recommendations, and accommodations for foot deformities and conditions, the wrong shoes can exacerbate pain and place people at risk for falls, sprains, and strains.” Dr. Reminga says, “First of all, I stress to my patients that the proper shoes are critical for proper foot function.” There’s a wide selection of shoes and styles to accommodate different needs and activity levels at Northern Foot Care Center. To make proper shoe selection convenient and enjoyable, Dr. Reminga has a Shoe Gallery available to his patients at Northern Foot Care Center. The Shoe Gallery has a wide selection of shoes for many needs. The shoes available to patients have been specially selected by Dr. Reminga. The shoes represented in the Shoe Gallery were specifically chosen with these things in mind…the material of the shoe, the support it provides, the biomechanical engineering of the shoe, the weight of the shoe, and many other factors. Dr. Reminga considers all these things when customizing a shoe selection for his patients. Think about this, how many shoes do you have or have had that didn’t perform well for you? Many shoes end up gathering dust in the back of a closet because the right fit and comfort couldn’t be achieved. You may have thought this after purchasing a pair of shoes…they feel good in the store, or… at least you think they do, and then… when you start  wearing them day in and day out, those same shoes are killing your feet by the end of the day. This describes a relatable scenario to many people. Dr. Reminga says, “That’s why the diagnoses and treatment of a foot problem is so important before the proper shoe selection can be made.”

Well…let’s hear what Dr. Reminga has to say… “Decades of standing changes your feet. Much of the  natural cushion or padding under the heel and the ball of the foot is lost over time. The arches get flatter and less flexible, your ankles and foot joints become stiffer, and your whole foot gets wider and longer. Because of these changes, you may develop foot pain and other problems even if you’ve never had difficulties with your feet before. In addition, certain medical conditions put you at greater risk of foot problems. For example, diabetes and peripheral artery disease can cause reduced blood circulation and nerve damage in the feet. As a result simple scrapes or  bruises can become infected more easily. Daily evaluations of the feet are very important… especially for the diabetic patient.” Dr. Reminga continues, “Skin changes, which gradually occur with aging, are due to: decreased skin cell turnover, decreased collagen production, and thinning of skin, decreasing the fatty layer. Dry skin, especially on the soles of the feet, is a problem that can require a daily application of a moisturizer to prevent cracking or an itchy rash. The  decreased fatty layer beneath the skin results in reduced cushioning on the sole of the foot, which also contributes to cracked heels and calluses because the skin is extra stressed. In addition, the decreased fat pad on the sole of the foot may  contribute to an increased sensitivity to pain because cushioning is lost.”

Dr. Reminga says, “In my office at NFCC, some of the age related conditions I see  are…

  • Bunions- At the base of the big toe or sometimes on the small toe.
  • Calluses and corns.
  • Hammertoes- Toe joints that curl up or under.
  • Toenail problems - Such as…Ingrown and Fungal Toenails.
    *It has been estimated that one-third of all older people have fungal infections in a toenail.
  • Foot problems related to diabetes - Such as stubborn foot ulcers and circulation problems.
  • Foot problems associated with deformities- These may be caused by arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis and gout.
  • Heel pain or Plantar Fasciitis
  • Arch pain- From fallen arches (flat feet), or abnormally high arches
  • Achilles tendonitis- Inflammation of the tendon that connects your heel bone to your calf muscle
  • Morton’s Neuroma - A benign nerve growth between the third and forth toes

Aging is inevitable, however, how we take care of ourselves and our feet over a lifetime, can greatlyimpact our quality of life."

You don’t have to suffer with foot pain needlessly. There are answers and there is hope for aging feet. Dr. Daniel Reminga, a board certified foot and ankle specialist with over 28 years of experience, can help. If you, or someone you know has foot pain, don’t suffer another day…Call our office right away…


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